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Hurricane Preparedness: Have an Evacuation Plan

May 27th, 2020|Education|

If you live along the Gulf of Mexico or eastern seaboard, at some point you’ll likely be faced with having to evacuate your family due to an approaching storm. Having an evacuation plan in advance can make the process much easier. Sometimes, heading inland to a safer destination for a few days is a voluntary decision. However, emergency [...]

Dam Failures Force Thousands to Evacuate in Michigan

May 22nd, 2020|Berkey® News|

Central Michigan Experiences Historic Flooding About 10,000 residents about 140 miles north of Detroit were forced to evacuate after two dams failed Wednesday. Midland, Michigan, downstream from the dams, is home to a large Dow chemical facility and a Superfund toxic waste cleanup site. The state of Michigan has received heavy rainfall this week—as much as half of a [...]

3 Ways to Know You’re Getting Authentic Berkey® Products

May 12th, 2020|Berkey® News|

There’s no substitute for Berkey® quality! Here are 3 tips to make sure you’re getting the real thing. Buy Only From Authorized Berkey® Dealers Each Authorized Berkey® Dealer provides the highest levels of customer service—before, during and after the sale. They sell only authentic Berkey® products that are designed and manufactured by NMCL. [...]

Above-Average 2020 Atlantic Hurricane Season Predicted

May 5th, 2020|Water Alerts|

2020 Forecast Highlights The Colorado State University hurricane forecast is a good reminder to prepare now. CSU researchers are predicting 16 named storms (12.1 average from 1981-2010), 8 hurricanes (6.4 average) and 4 major hurricanes (2.7 average) for the Atlantic basin in 2020. The forecast also listed probabilities for a major hurricane to make landfall on specific [...]

5 Questions for Gravity-Fed Water Filter Elements

April 29th, 2020|Berkey® News|

When comparing water filter systems, it’s important to understand the capabilities of the elements (filters or purifiers) inside the system. Here are 5 questions to ask: What Contaminants Do They Address? All elements are not created equal, and specific removal capabilities may vary by manufacturer. You can find this information on the product's website, marketplace [...]

Big Berkey® System Named Top Pick

April 20th, 2020|Berkey® News|

Big Berkey® System Stands Apart Noted preparedness website recently published an in-depth guide on choosing a home water filtration system, along with an extensive review of the best systems currently on the market. Not surprisingly, the Big Berkey® purification system was named as their favorite. The Big Berkey® system earned praise for its portability (a must [...]

Black Berkey® Purification Elements Are One-of-a-Kind

April 5th, 2020|Berkey® News|

Water filters made from carbon-block or coconut-carbon block may look similar to each other, but can offer very different levels of performance. Here's what makes Black Berkey® Purification Elements one-of-a-kind. The Leader in Gravity-Fed Water Purification Made in the USA, powerful Black Berkey® Purification Elements are a proprietary blend of several different media types including [...]

Pandemics: Introduction and major concerns

March 2nd, 2020|Education|

Introduction Updated 3/19/20 to reflect the latest pandemic status per the World Health Organization This is a primer for our Instagram followers who are new to the topic. What is a pandemic? The World Health Organization defines a pandemic as the worldwide spread of a new disease. The World Health Organization declared the coronavirus outbreak a pandemic on March [...]

Understanding a Drinking Water Quality Report

February 14th, 2020|Education|

Why Is It Important to Understand What's In My Water? Aging water infrastructure, natural disasters, and improper waste disposal can all lead to contaminants reaching the water that’s piped into your home. Many of these contaminants, even in small amounts, can pose a threat to your family’s health. A drinking water quality report from an accredited lab can [...]

Meet Chris and Rebecca Lioi of PureWater4Kids

February 5th, 2020|Berkey® News|

There are millions of children all over the planet who don’t have the option to turn on a faucet to get their water. After meeting a group of these children on a mission trip, Chris and Rebecca Lioi decided to change lives. Where did your inspiration come from? Rebecca and I went to Nicaragua on [...]

Unsafe Levels of PFASs In Drinking Water Pose Health Risks, Study Says

January 30th, 2020|Water Alerts|

Higher-than-recommended concentrations of industrial chemicals known as PFASs have been found in American drinking water, according to a 2016 study published in Environmental Science & Technology Letters. Polyfluoroalkyl and perfluoroalkyl substances (PFASs) have been linked to cancer, obesity, hormone suppression and high cholesterol. The highest levels of PFASs were found near industrial sites, military bases and wastewater treatment plants. The [...]

Quakes Rock Puerto Rico for Second Day in a Row

January 7th, 2020|Water Alerts|

Early-Morning Earthquake Awakens Residents A 6.4-magnitude earthquake shook Puerto Rico at 4:24 a.m. Tuesday, damaging buildings and causing a widespread power blackout. The earthquake was centered in the southwest part of the island, about 8 miles from Ponce, Puerto Rico’s second largest city. The quake was followed by a 6.0-magnitude aftershock about three hours later, along with a [...]

Understanding the Tropical Cyclone Cone of Uncertainty

September 17th, 2019|Education|

Make sure you understand what the "cone of uncertainty" can—and can't—tell you about tropical weather threats. Image: NWS National Hurricane Center What Is the Cone of Uncertainty? The cone of uncertainty is a graphic depicting the path that a tropical cyclone (such as a tropical storm or hurricane) is forecast [...]

Fluoride: It’s In The News Again

August 29th, 2019|Water Alerts|

Study Raises Questions About Fluoridation A recent study published in JAMA Pediatrics found that higher levels of fluoride exposure during pregnancy were associated with lower levels of IQ in some children. While more research is needed on the topic, the study did note that “these findings indicate the possible need to reduce fluoride intake during pregnancy.” Know [...]

NOAA Now Predicting Above-Normal Hurricane Season

August 9th, 2019|Water Alerts|

The end of this year's El Nino could set the stage for an increased hurricane threat in the Atlantic Ocean. After a relatively quiet start to the 2019 Atlantic hurricane season, NOAA has announced that the end of El Nino has helped increase the chances of an above-normal Atlantic hurricane season to 45%. This is [...]

What is the difference between a tropical depression, a tropical storm, and a hurricane?

July 11th, 2019|Education|

Every year people are caught off-guard and unprepared during hurricane season. Know your weather terminology, and take steps to prepare today. Avoid storm-panicked crowds at the grocery store, gridlocked evacuation routes, and last-minute preparation by being informed. Knowing even basic weather terminology will help you know how to respond to weather activity [...]

Salem, Oregon Spending $75 Million to Protect Drinking Water from Toxic Algal Blooms

May 22nd, 2019|Water Alerts|

The city is upgrading its water treatment infrastructure to help prevent another algal bloom-related cyanotoxin event like the one that forced the city to issue “do not drink” advisories in May and June of 2018. The $75 million project is expected to be completed by the end of 2021 and includes a state-of-the-art $40 million ozone treatment system. Ingestion of [...]

Questionable Levels of Arsenic Found in Some Brands of Bottled Water, Report Finds

April 19th, 2019|Water Alerts|

Consumer Reports recently conducted a comprehensive examination of arsenic levels in bottled water. Out of more than 130 bottled water brands that had test results available (self reported or commissioned by the publication), 11 had detectable amounts of arsenic. 6 of those had levels of 3 parts per billion (ppb) or higher. The federal standard is 10 ppb. Even though [...]

Review the Big Berkey Water Filter Like a Pro

December 21st, 2018|Berkey® News|

Not everything on the Internet is true. In fact, there is quite a bit of misinformation out there. Watch out for these key facts. Top 6 must-know facts when reviewing Berkey® water filters: Black Berkey® Purification Elements are powerful purifiers, they are not filters. Berkey® systems are meant to efficiently process (and hold) lots of water. Black [...]

Cryptosporidium and Giardia: Leading Causes of Waterborne Illnesses

August 20th, 2018|Education|

What are Cryptosporidium and Giardia? Found all over the world, Cryptosporidium parvum (often referred to as simply “Crypto”) and Giardia lamblia (“Giardia”) are common protozoan parasites that are two of the leading causes of waterborne illnesses. What is a protozoa? Protozoa are microscopic, single-celled organisms that are often parasitic, but may also live outside a host. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention [...]

After the Hurricane: Contaminated Flood Water Precautions

August 8th, 2018|Education|

When a hurricane is predicted make landfall, being prepared with an adequate supply of clean drinking water ahead of the storm becomes a priority for most people. When flood waters recede however, the danger is not necessarily over. Residents are faced with a new and daunting challenge - the contaminated water left behind. We’ll examine how the recent hurricanes in [...]

Leptospirosis: Serious Illness Often Spread Through Raw, Contaminated Water

August 8th, 2018|Education|

What is Leptospirosis? Globally, Leptospirosis is a widespread, emerging public health problem.1 It is a potentially fatal illness that may occur when people come into contact with harmful germs in their environment.2 The bacteria that cause the disease, Leptospira, may be contracted through direct contact with infected animals or their habitats, along with indirect contact via the ingestion of contaminated food or [...]

Wells: Common Contaminants and Maintenance Concerns

August 8th, 2018|Education|

How do wells work, and where are they typically located? Found primarily in rural areas, wells tap into underground pockets of water, called aquifers, and pump it into the pipes of your home for drinking, cooking, cleaning and sanitation. Wells are recharged when precipitation and water used for irrigating crops and landscapes seeps into the rock below the surface [...]

New Millennium Concepts, Ltd. Unwavering Commitment

August 8th, 2018|Berkey® News|

New Millennium Concepts, Ltd. is the manufacturer of the Berkey® line of gravity-fed water filtration and purification products. Berkey® systems are freestanding water purifiers that sit on a countertop or stand. Simply pour water from virtually any source into the top chamber of the system, and dispense purified water easily from the lower chamber through a handy spigot. The systems are [...]

Overview of Reverse Osmosis and Distillation Systems

January 30th, 2018|Education|

What is Reverse Osmosis? Reverse Osmosis is a water purification process that uses pressure to force water through a semipermeable membrane. It is commonly used during the production of bottled fresh water and the desalination of salt water. Reverse Osmosis is also a common step in many household water purification systems. Such systems typically include: A sediment filter An [...]

Winter Prep Guide and Checklist: Be prepared for winter weather

November 8th, 2017|Education|

Read our winter preparedness guide to understand critical information on what to do before, during, and after a winter storm. Download a copy of the Winter Prep Checklist → Typical Winter Weather Terms It is important to understand terms issued by the National Weather Service to describe changing weather conditions. This will help you take the right actions to stay safe: Winter Weather [...]

The Ultimate Guide to Choosing a Gravity Water Filter

October 24th, 2017|Water 101|

You are serious about finding an effective gravity water filter, and committed to conducting a systematic evaluation of your options. Use this simple process to determine which brand offers the best solution. Set Goals for Your System Research Brands / Options Evaluate Specific Systems Below we will explore how to evaluate critical considerations, from testing and lifespan to specific types [...]

Hurricane Preparedness: A Plan for Potable Water

September 5th, 2017|Education|

During and after a hurricane, access to clean drinking water can quickly become a major concern. Water supplies are often compromised and water frequently becomes undrinkable or stops flowing. That’s why the most important thing you can do to be prepared for a hurricane is to start planning well in advance of such an event. We’ve created a step-by-step guide [...]

Boil Orders: What to Expect, How to Prepare

July 31st, 2017|Education|

5 Quick Tips Drinking Disinfect water at a rolling boil for one minute at minimum. Cooking Dispose of any food or beverage prepared with tap water. Washing Hands Use properly purified or bottled water. Bathing If absolutely necessary, let no water enter your body. Washing Clothes Washing clothes should [...]

E. coli Bacteria Explained

July 24th, 2017|Education|

What is E. coli? E. coli stands for Escherichia coli, a large and diverse group of bacteria that live in the lower intestines of humans and warm-blooded animals1. Most strains of E.coli are not harmful, and are actually important components of a healthy human gut. Other types of E.coli are pathogenic, meaning they can cause illness. The types of E. coli [...]

A Look at Radiological Water Contaminants

June 19th, 2017|Education|

What are radiological water contaminants? Radiological water contaminants are undesirable radioactive substances that have entered a water supply. They are also known as radionuclides. Typical, naturally-occurring radiologicals found in drinking water include, “...isotopes of radium, uranium and radon, among others. Fission products from man-made nuclear reactions are also of concern today, particularly radioactive cesium and iodine.” 1 NATURALLY-OCCURRING RADIOLOGICALS Naturally-occurring radiologicals [...]

Understanding Aging Water Infrastructure in the US

May 23rd, 2017|Education|

From General Manager and resident expert Adam Lock at New Millennium Concepts, Ltd. I’m going to start this off with a surprising fact: D is the current grade given for the water infrastructure in the US. This report is compiled every 4 years by the American Society of Civil Engineers. And you can read more about it at the Infrastructure [...]

Black Berkey® Purification Elements: The Final Barrier against PFOA and Other PFCs in Drinking Water

December 12th, 2016|Education|

The EPA recently reported that drinking water supplies to more than 5.2 million Americans are contaminated with a group of toxic chemicals known as Perfluorinated Chemicals (PFCs); at levels higher than what the EPA deems to be safe for human consumption.(1) At Berkey® Water Systems, we want to help you understand critical information about PFCs, and show you how Black [...]

Latest Berkey® Systems Lead Water Test

July 5th, 2016|Education|

It’s not easy to sort through all of the information about lead contamination. At Berkey® Water Systems, we want to help you get meaningful answers about the safety of your drinking water. Let’s look at what we know about lead and see how the Berkey® Extreme Lead Water Test can provide the protection you need. Why Does a Lead Water Test Matter? [...]

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